PUEBLO, Colo. (January 17, 2017) - The No. 21 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team welcomes Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Mesa University Jan. 18 to open the home portion of its dual season. The ThunderWolves and Mavericks will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, which serves as Youth Wrestling Night at Massari Arena. All area clubs and school teams wearing their team gear are free.
The Pack are 5-3 in duals this season and will also play host to New Mexico Highlands University Friday at 7 p.m. The ThunderWolves are 4-2 against nationally ranked opponents this season.
CSU-Pueblo is coming off a 3-1 showing at the Midwest Duals, hosted by University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Pack earned wins against Southwest Minnesota State (26-12), No. 7 Northern State University (26-14) and No. T-18 Augustana College (30-11) before suffering a setback against No. 12 Cal-Baptist University (26-9).
Senior Kyle Bateman (174, Sandy, Ore.) guided three other Pack wrestlers who recorded an undefeated effort. He posted a major win and two decisions before upsetting No. 9 Nolan Kistler of Cal-Baptist by a 6-3 decision.
Bateman owns a 7-1 record in duals this season with one fall. Overall he is 17-6 with a five falls that ties him with heavyweight Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) for the team lead.
At 125, Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) went 3-0 on all decision victories. He won by the scores of 5-2, 8-3 and 7-1. Ranked No. 3 nationally, junior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) went 2-0 at 165. He won by a major decision, 13-3 and a narrow 3-1 decision. Jones improved to 4-1 in dual competition this season and is 6-3 overall. Finally, Kenny Cleveland (Jr., Owasso, Okla.) wrestled just once, but made the best of it as he recorded a first period pin (1:30) of No. 8 Michael Lowman from Augustana.
Five other wrestlers recorded at least two wins, which included No. 11 Kyle Fantin's (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) 2-1 record at 157 with two decision wins. DeSantis was 2-1 with a major decision and a 7-2 win. Levi Maes (R-So., Englewood, Colo.) was 2-1 at 133, which included a fall at 3:39 against SMSU.
Colordo Mesa was unranked in the last d2wrestle.com poll Jan. 4, but are 8-2 in dual competition this season, which includes a 2-1 mark in RMAC play. The Mavericks are 4-1 against ranked opponents. CMU has three wreslers ranked nationally. At 157, Payton Tawater is No. 9 and is slated to wrestle No. 11 Fantin. Jason Buhr is ranked No. 12 at 165 and will meet No. 3 Jones for the first time since last year's RMAC Championship bout at 157 where Jones won 12-9. At 141, Daniel Salazar is ranked No. 12. Head coach of the Mavericks is Chuck Pipher, who was a four-time All-American and three-time National Champion for CSU-Pueblo.
New Mexico Highlands is 0-8 in dual competition this season. Cody Marquez is the lone Cowboy ranked in the region, as he owns the No. 8 spot at 197. NMHU is coached by Doug Moses, who is a CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Famer after a storied coaching career at Southern Colorado.
Pack Projected Lineup
125 - Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.)
133 - PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) OR Levi Maes (R-So., Englewood, Colo.)
141 - Jared Mestas (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) OR Sam Hughes (R-So., Bolivar, Mo.)
149 - Clay Archer (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.)
157 - #11 Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.)
165 - #3 JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.)
174 - Kyle Bateman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.)
184 - JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.)
197 - Cody Johnson (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.)
HWT - Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.)
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.